When I saw this recipe on the BBC Good Food website I knew I had to make it – two of my favourite winter vegetables teamed with
bacon – need I say more!
I am always surprised when people tell me that they find winter
vegetables boring – the contents of my market bags last weekend included gnarly celeriac, blue-green lush cavolo nero, multi-coloured carrots, bright orange pumpkin, delicate baby fennel and rich red Treviso radicchio. None of which could be called boring,
uninteresting or even ordinary – we are having a real vegetable feast this week.
Celeriac, Cavolo Nero & Bacon Mash
This my very slightly adapted version of the recipe on BBC Good Food.
1.5kg celeriac, peeled, cut into chunks
200g Holly bacon, rind removed, cut into strips
1 bunch cavolo nero, stems removed, leaves shredded
½ cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 Place celeriac in a saucepan and pour over cold water to
cover. Cover pan, place over a medium heat, bring to the boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20-25 minutes or until celeriac is
2 Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat, add bacon and cook, tossing from time to time, for 5 minutes. Add cavolo nero, cover and cook, stirring, occasionally, for 5 minutes longer or until cavolo nero wilts.
3 Drain celeriac, mash with butter and mix in bacon mixture and parsley. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black
Happy cooking and eating.
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